West Coast rapper Game believes Drake‘s debut album, Thank Me Later, will sell over 500,000 copies in its first seven days on store shelves.
Despite Drake’s recent album leak, Game is still confident in the rapper’s selling ability.
“Thank Me Later got leaked,” Game said in an interview. “You think he ain’t gonna go out there and push over gold the first week? I got [him selling] over 650,000 first week. That’s what I’m giving Drake: 650, man. Every now and then, a man comes along and reshapes hip-hop; this is the dude for this time. I came out, my first album, 590,000. I feel he got a bigger buzz than I did. When I came out, everybody else was still poppin’. Right now … he’s just coming down. I got my album coming, Tip coming, Ross coming, but everybody is on their Drake stuff — even me. Dude is good, man.” (MTV)
UGK’s Bun B predicts Drake’s debut will also hit gold in a week time span.
“It’s an incredible album,” Bun, who was featured on Drake’s acclaimed So Far Gone, said in an interview. “It’s gonna be a multiplatinum album. First of all, let that be understood: it’s gonna be a number one album in several countries across the world. If he does less than 500,000 in the first week, somebody dropped the ball at Universal [Music].” (XXL Mag)
Platinum-selling rapper T.I. recently said Drake’s ability to put out consistent good music will influence his record sales.
“I’m confident in my man,” T.I. said about Drake’s first-week. “I think if 500 [thousand] was the over, under, I would take the over. Given his potential and his presence, I would. I think that’s safe, that’s a safe bet. He hasn’t put out a dud yet. He hasn’t put out a dud, not even as a feature, so I think that warrants about a half [a million].” (Hot 97)
Despite a leak late last month, Drake has kept a positive outlook toward his album sales.
“I always said if I had put out an album that was poor quality and music that people didn’t enjoy, then I think the leaks would hurt me,” Drake said in an interview. “Because a lot of the feedback has been great. The word of mouth, music is something that is to be enjoyed. I think it can help me so, June 15th, I’m still confident.” (The Life Files)
Drake’s Thank Me Later is in stores today.
Check out T.I. speaking on Drake’s first-week sales down below: